Lil Peep’s “Cobain” with Lil Tracy Finally Has a Video
The 'Hellboy' classic rides again
If you weren’t familiar with Lil Peep before his passing and wondered why he had so much buzz, check out the just-leaked video, “Cobain.” Featuring Lil Tracy, it’s one of the standout tracks from Peep’s oft-brilliant 2016 album Hellboy.
In the clip, the rappers both appear healthy, looking and sounding like the future of rap and rock. This was when everything was clicking.
The video is directed by Tracy’s manager Nick Blanco and depicts a VHS-filtered house party in L.A., a golden moment for both Peep and Tracy. At the time, the rappers were collectively in the midst of a prolific streak within the crew Gothboiclique. The year 2016 saw the pair’s creativity spiraling together—it read like one big coke binge, thrilling in its results.
So thrilling, in fact, that it garnered Peep major label support in 2017, and presumably got Lil Tracy the major offers he says he declined. He recently tweeted (and deleted) that he could’ve had Lil Pump’s deal.
On “Cobain,” everyone seemed to catch a vibe. Smokeasac’s lazy-yet-turnt guitar beat is a wave Peep was preparing to ride for a long time. Peep’s melody is a flawless fit, and when the bass hits and Tracy comes in halfway through, the teamwork is undeniable. They were never an official duo but they acted like one in 2016.
Once Peep made his major moves, he and Tracy split, then Tracy left GBC altogether. But we suspect they’d have reconciled eventually. After Peep died Tracy got a tattoo of a marshmallow Peep in between his eyebrows as a tribute to his friend. Rest in paradise, Peep. This song was a classic.